No time to get comfortable

And just like that, we are living in Los Angeles. 

We flew to San Francisco from Hawaii and barely had a moment to breathe and settle back in before another big change occurred. Cat didn't even unpack her suitcase before she was suddenly in L.A. starting a new job. She was also trying to find us a place to live (all without a car!). I stayed in SF and attempted to pack up our apartment and finish work. I've moved a lot in my life (maybe 20 times) and the act of packing up your world does not get easier. If anything, the older I get the harder it gets.  We were home (San Francisco) less than a month before the moving truck came and we drove our little family to our new home in L.A.  If we ever needed a test to see how well we can work as a team, I think that after this year Cat and I would pass with an A+

 

This was our final day on our street in SF. Grabbing a quick coffee before the movers. 

This was our final day on our street in SF. Grabbing a quick coffee before the movers. 

We drove to Joshua Tree to celebrate my birthday. We also made a rookie mistake and left L.A. at 1pm to attempt the 2 hour drive. Needless to say, it took us 5 hours to get there due to traffic. I'm jumping because I'm happy to be out of the car, and happy to be in such a beautiful place for my birthday!

We drove to Joshua Tree to celebrate my birthday. We also made a rookie mistake and left L.A. at 1pm to attempt the 2 hour drive. Needless to say, it took us 5 hours to get there due to traffic. I'm jumping because I'm happy to be out of the car, and happy to be in such a beautiful place for my birthday!

Michael flew in for the occasion (what a sweetie) and got us all matching sunglasses so we could take a photo together. Obviously! We spent many hours exploring Joshua Tree and coming really close to having many injuries due to jumping around like ninjas and almost landing on cactus. Also, my foot sunk into a hole and I saw my life pass before my eye (I was wearing sandals..another rookie mistake... )and was sure some snake or desert creature was going to attack my toes

Michael flew in for the occasion (what a sweetie) and got us all matching sunglasses so we could take a photo together. Obviously! We spent many hours exploring Joshua Tree and coming really close to having many injuries due to jumping around like ninjas and almost landing on cactus. Also, my foot sunk into a hole and I saw my life pass before my eye (I was wearing sandals..another rookie mistake... )and was sure some snake or desert creature was going to attack my toes

Cactus Garden. Kind of the most beautiful yet scary things I've ever walked through

Cactus Garden. Kind of the most beautiful yet scary things I've ever walked through

Eating tangerines by the pool. We had a Palm Springs trip planned with our friends Helen, Greg and baby August before we knew we were moving to L.A. This weekend was much needed. This house was amazing. I was pretending I was part of the Rat Pack

Eating tangerines by the pool. We had a Palm Springs trip planned with our friends Helen, Greg and baby August before we knew we were moving to L.A. This weekend was much needed. This house was amazing. I was pretending I was part of the Rat Pack


Most of my time was spent in the pool trying to get a little of that Hawaii glow back. (I'm back to pale)

Most of my time was spent in the pool trying to get a little of that Hawaii glow back. (I'm back to pale)

These guys came to see us when we were in Hawaii, and we were so thrilled to see them again! I'll tell you what, with the stress of moving and starting new jobs and just hitting some bumps along the road... Good friends are just what the doctor ordered. We love and appreciate the pick me up seeing this family did for us. 

These guys came to see us when we were in Hawaii, and we were so thrilled to see them again! I'll tell you what, with the stress of moving and starting new jobs and just hitting some bumps along the road... Good friends are just what the doctor ordered. We love and appreciate the pick me up seeing this family did for us. 

We drove to the ocean, finally. 

We drove to the ocean, finally. 

They say moving is one of the most stressful situations you can go through. Changing cities is almost like changing worlds. Everything is new, and this is both exciting and a bit overwhelming. Thank goodness for friends, thank goodness for our sense of humor, and thank goodness for Cat! 

Hawaii feels like ages ago, San Francisco feels like years ago, and Los Angeles feels like a friend we're just getting to know. What I'm trying to say is that the only thing that has felt like Home this past year has been Cat and Lola. Our little family has been a traveling circus!!

A look back at 2014

At the end of every year, I like to go through my photos and take a look back and remember some highlights that have happened over these past 12 months. If I had to describe in three words what this year focused on for me, it would be: Change, Travel and Adventure. This year came with some big goodbyes and life changing events. It came with new dreams, goals, and overcoming plenty of fears. It came with challenges, frustrations as well as accomplishments and triumphs. Looking at everything in the form of pictures, a big sigh came out of me as I feel like I'm landing after a year of taking flight. 

January 2014. My band The Bruises played our last show together at Slim's in San Francisco. I miss this group of people and am so happy I got to play music with such talented amazing musicians and friends. 

January 2014. My band The Bruises played our last show together at Slim's in San Francisco. I miss this group of people and am so happy I got to play music with such talented amazing musicians and friends. 

February 2014.  We were so happy to discover such a cute little cottage to stay at. This trip sticks out for a lot of reasons. The beauty, the hot tub overlooking mountains, the rain, no internet, reading on the deck while sipping coffee, no nearby grocery store, our dog getting sick, our dog coming home with a couple of ticks (my worst fear!). It was the first of many trips we would take this year. 

February 2014.  We were so happy to discover such a cute little cottage to stay at. This trip sticks out for a lot of reasons. The beauty, the hot tub overlooking mountains, the rain, no internet, reading on the deck while sipping coffee, no nearby grocery store, our dog getting sick, our dog coming home with a couple of ticks (my worst fear!). It was the first of many trips we would take this year. 

March 2014. I'm posting this photo as a reminder to myself that I am able to accomplish things I put my mind to. I am proud to have finished my nutrition program at Bauman college in march of this year. Also my birthday month in which we took a road trip to Los Angeles and ate delicious food. You can read that post here     

March 2014. I'm posting this photo as a reminder to myself that I am able to accomplish things I put my mind to. I am proud to have finished my nutrition program at Bauman college in march of this year. Also my birthday month in which we took a road trip to Los Angeles and ate delicious food. You can read that post here 

 

 

April 2014. We took a vacation to O'ahu that had us super sad to leave. Little did we know at the time that we would be coming back to live here for a few months the same year. Life is so crazy!

April 2014. We took a vacation to O'ahu that had us super sad to leave. Little did we know at the time that we would be coming back to live here for a few months the same year. Life is so crazy!

May 2014. My best friend's wedding! What a sweet day this was. We had such a wonderful weekend spent at the Russian River filled with so many laughs and memories. You can read more about that weekend here

May 2014. My best friend's wedding! What a sweet day this was. We had such a wonderful weekend spent at the Russian River filled with so many laughs and memories. You can read more about that weekend here

June 2014. Robyn blew me away and turned me into an even bigger fan after seeing her perform live. New album in 2015? I hope so! 

June 2014. Robyn blew me away and turned me into an even bigger fan after seeing her perform live. New album in 2015? I hope so! 

July 2014. Oh july, you were filled with so many wonderful memories. 4th of July camping, Cat and I getting married, and finally a fun weekend spent in Tahoe with our best buds to celebrate. All of that can be found  here 

July 2014. Oh july, you were filled with so many wonderful memories. 4th of July camping, Cat and I getting married, and finally a fun weekend spent in Tahoe with our best buds to celebrate. All of that can be found  here 

August 2014. Home. I really thought that I had written a blog about going home to Illinois, but I guess I didn't. I did make a video about it that you can watch here . I have been living in California for 10 years now, and the older I get the harder it gets to say goodbye to family. I cherish every second I get to spend with them. I also love going back to the land of corn and seeing that beautiful city of Chicago. 

August 2014. Home. I really thought that I had written a blog about going home to Illinois, but I guess I didn't. I did make a video about it that you can watch here . I have been living in California for 10 years now, and the older I get the harder it gets to say goodbye to family. I cherish every second I get to spend with them. I also love going back to the land of corn and seeing that beautiful city of Chicago. 

September 2014. The great outdoors. Cat and I took our first solo camping trip near Jenner California (off highway 1) which was a lot of fun. We also took a trip to the Yuba river (i had never been), with our friends Natalie and Hannah. This trip sticks out for a few reasons: it wasn't 80 degrees like we had thought, our cabin had no heat, Hannah introduced us to grav lox, the town had 300 people, we wrote down things to let go of and burned them in the fire, I wore socks with my birkenstocks. Also, it was very scary to drive for 2 hours in pitch black without cell phone service to find our cabin. 

September 2014. The great outdoors. Cat and I took our first solo camping trip near Jenner California (off highway 1) which was a lot of fun. We also took a trip to the Yuba river (i had never been), with our friends Natalie and Hannah. This trip sticks out for a few reasons: it wasn't 80 degrees like we had thought, our cabin had no heat, Hannah introduced us to grav lox, the town had 300 people, we wrote down things to let go of and burned them in the fire, I wore socks with my birkenstocks. Also, it was very scary to drive for 2 hours in pitch black without cell phone service to find our cabin. 

October 2014. And just like that the bags were packed and Cat was on her way back to O'ahu for the next few months for work. This is her goodbye to Lola. It's amazing what you can get done in a short amount of time because you don't have a choice. Preparing for this trip was pretty stressful, but thankfully everything fell right into place. Cat and I miss Lola terribly and can't wait to see her when we return home in a month. 

October 2014. And just like that the bags were packed and Cat was on her way back to O'ahu for the next few months for work. This is her goodbye to Lola. It's amazing what you can get done in a short amount of time because you don't have a choice. Preparing for this trip was pretty stressful, but thankfully everything fell right into place. Cat and I miss Lola terribly and can't wait to see her when we return home in a month. 

November 2014. It is still crazy that we are here. I have adjusted to wearing shorts and flip flops instead of my black jeans and jackets. We don't have a car, we don't have many kitchen supplies, we live in a tiny studio, and let's not forget that we don't have an income. But, this is all part of the adventure and we are living in Hawaii! All we need is each other and this beautiful island. You can watch a little video I made HERE

November 2014. It is still crazy that we are here. I have adjusted to wearing shorts and flip flops instead of my black jeans and jackets. We don't have a car, we don't have many kitchen supplies, we live in a tiny studio, and let's not forget that we don't have an income. But, this is all part of the adventure and we are living in Hawaii! All we need is each other and this beautiful island. You can watch a little video I made HERE

December 2014. This never gets old. Taking it all in before we head back to San Francisco and our real lives again. 

December 2014. This never gets old. Taking it all in before we head back to San Francisco and our real lives again. 

What a year! What did I learn from a year of change, adventure and travel? Once again, this year has taught me to stop trying to control so much and live more in the moment. It taught me that I can finish things that I start. It taught me to take risks, to follow my heart, and to have more fun. It reminded me how important my family and friends are, near and far. It confirmed that saying goodbye to things you love doesn't mean they're gone. I learned that I can get a tan and sunshine really does help my spirit. I learned that doing something I was certain I'd never do, will be the best decision I could make. I was reminded that my parents are still here loving me and available for advice when I need them. That you can feel homesick even when you're in the most beautiful of places. That my partner is my very best friend. I learned that I can live without most of the "things" that I thought were important. I learned to never take for granted the amazing food and markets we have in San Francisco! I was reminded of how much I love the warm rain. I was reminded that I'm really lucky. 2014 will be a year I'll never forget.  

 

Currently Obsessed With

Beach

  1. I bought a pair of Hurley Phantom Sandals after walking one too many miles in my havaianas. The difference is incredible. They are a bit pricey for a pair of flip flops, but if you are doing a lot of walking I highly recommend these. They feel like a Nike sneaker with a sturdy sole and arch support. *Mine are black and white*
  2. I bought this baggu shark tote for $10 before I left San Francisco. It is my every day beach bag. I can easily fit everything I need for the day into it. The best part is after a day at the beach I can just flip it inside out and get all the sand out. Light weight and very durable. $10 well spent!
  3. Sun Bum sunscreen. Ok Ok. I'm a sucker for nice packaging, but this stuff also smells amazing and is good for your skin. A lot of sunscreens are filled with too many chemicals. Although Sun Bum isn't 100% natural, they are made with better ingredients than most sunscreens sold in your every day store. I bought this off of amazon (because it sells on the beach for double the cost). 
  4. Longan Berry. Cat and I bought these at a fruit stand on the North shore and were instantly obsessed. They are similar to a Lychee in texture, but they have a sweeter taste, almost like a grape. I found a farmers market near us that sells them and we bring them for a beach snack. I also froze a couple just to see how they would taste... YUM! 

 

Music

Stromae. I feel I'm late in discovering this European talent, but better late than never. When I find something musically that I like, I become seriously obsessed with it. I've been youtubing a lot of his live performances, and all it is doing is making me more in love with his music. This song in particular is my jam

Laughs

Another thing I'm late to the party for is Broad City. I think I might have had my head too lost in Game of Thrones to check this out when I kept hearing the name everywhere I turned. Cat and I watched the first season in a couple of nights and we were laughing so hard, like, cackling. 

Pilates

I am 2 weeks in with doing pilates every day and it is the first workout I can honestly say I've ever liked. I actually love it. I feel like part of me loving it so much comes from not putting any pressure on myself for some overnight magic to happen. I love it because it's helping my body heal and get stronger. I love it because I feel better after I do it. Before I came on this trip I was going to physical therapy every week to try and get my back and pelvis back to normal. I also have a lot of sciatic pain and doing pilates every day is helping with it a lot. I'm just doing beginner videos on youtube right now, starting slow. But every day I feel better and actually look forward to my workout. It's playing a nice part in my mind, body, soul reboot that I'm on.  When I get back to the city I hope to find a class to join and make it a part of my new routine.